Rape Survivor Jennifer Shipe to be featured speaker at Take Back the Night
YWCA Lancaster sets events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
LANCASTER – Manheim native, advocate and rape survivor Jennifer Shipe will share her story of courage and hope in healing from sexual assault at Take Back the Night on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St. The event is one of the many planned in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Shipe is the founder and chairperson for RAINN ‘EM IN, a unique fundraising effort to support RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Her mission has been simple: make the topic of sexual violence more approachable to affect change. With races in Seattle, Lancaster/Philly and Washington DC, over $50,000 has been raised to support RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
Shipe hopes her story of survival and strength will inspire others who are suffering from the wounds of abuse. Take Back the Night invites the community, including survivors, to share their stories of courage and struggle through prose, poetry, music or just being present.
Take Back the Night
Thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers sponsor TBTN events all over the country during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The evening focuses on eliminating sexual violence in all forms.
Jennifer Shipe is a Lancaster County native and Penn State graduate who currently lives in Seattle working in Global Digital Marketing at Starbucks Coffee Company. She also sits on RAINN’s National Leadership Council.
Calendar of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events:
Throughout the month – The Inspiration Project:
YWCA Lancaster invites the community to submit not only letters but anything they think would be inspirational or supportive (poems, visual artwork, quotes, songs, etc.) to victim survivors of sexual assault that would fit into a standard 9 x 12 binder. We will place the contributions into an attractive album for our waiting room. Each page in the binder will be easily removable, and clients are welcome to take home anything they find inspirational.
April 2 – Adults Who Have Been Assaulted By Children/Adolescents
A mother will share her heartbreaking story about being sexually assaulted by her 10 year old son. The event will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the YWCA Lancaster Assembly Room, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster.
April 3 – International Day Against Blaming
April 5 – Dutchland Derby Rollers Fundraiser
The Dutchland Derby Rollers bout at Overlook Roller Rink benefits YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center. Doors open at 5:30
April 6 – 12 – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 9 – Family Violence Resource Network Meeting
Lancaster County professionals who provide services to victim survivors of abuse in all forms will hold its April meeting at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster at 9:30 a.m. It is open to the public and will feature guest speaker Manheim native, rape survivor and advocate Jennifer Shipe.
April 10 – Take Back the Night
Manheim native, rape survivor and advocate Jennifer Shipe will share her story of courage and hope in healing from sexual assault at Take Back the Night on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St.